Old Post Office Tower

302 12th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004- Map It
(202) 426-6841

AAA Editor Notes

Old Post Office Tower is at 302 12th St. N.W. (at Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.). Designed in the Romanesque Revival style and completed in 1899, the former Old Post Office Pavilion served as the nation's postal headquarters until 1914. The building was nearly demolished twice—in the 1920s and again in the 1970s as the Federal Triangle complex took shape—before a 1980s renovation that added a food court and retail space turned it into a popular tourist attraction. The 315-foot clock tower houses 10 bells, a gift from Great Britain in honor of the nation's Bicentennial. A glass elevator ascends to the bell-ringing chamber; an observation deck at the 270-foot level offers a panoramic view of downtown Washington.
Free.
Station: Federal Triangle
Hours: Daily 9-5. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.